Steadyrack Installation Advice
Need help with your Steadyrack bike rack installation? The information on this page will provide you some tips and tricks to get the most from your installation.
You can watch our video on how to install your bike rack, download our installation manual and check out our guides and tips for spacing and mounting heights below.
All of which will help you achieve the optimum performance and best use of your racks.
How to Install a Steadyrack Bike Rack
When fitting your bike rack, we recommend you measure and mount your Steadyrack's to suit each individual bike following the installation instructions for optimal performance.
Unboxing your new Steadyrack
Included with your Steadyrack1 x Steadyrack
2 x End Caps
1 x Rear Tyre Rest
4 x Hex Bolts - for rack
4 x Masonry* Wall Plugs - for rack *Masonry use only
2 x Screws - for rear tyre rest
2 x Masonry* Wall Plugs - for rear tyre rest *Masonry use only
In your Steadyrack box you will find fixings to install your rack in either Masonry (brick/concrete) or Timber.
All Steadyrack bike racks can be assembled and then mounted on any structurally sound vertical surface capable of supporting the weight of the rack and bike.
If you wish to mount your rack on a different surface; such as steel, you will need to purchase additional fixings.
Before you get started:
We do not recommend installing your Steadyrack into gyprock, plasterboard, or drywall. Doing so will void your Steadyrack warranty. The provided wall plugs are for masonry use only.
Tips:If your wall studs are not spaced how you would like to set out your racks, you can install plywood to the wall to create a suitable strength base enabling you more flexibility with your layout. Scroll down below for more guidance with spacing, layout & design of your Steadyrack installation.
How to measure the mounting height for individual bike racks
Place the rack on the floor.
Place the bike in the rack as shown, leave a gap between the back tyre and the wall (A) between 50mm and 75mm is ideal. This will be the distance the bike hangs above the ground when it’s in the rack.
Place a temporary mark on the floor in one of the top mounting holes (B).
- The two vertical holes for are used for installation into timber.
- The two horizontal holes are used for masonry installation.
Measure the distance between the wall and the mark on the floor (C).
You only need to transfer the one measurement to the wall. Then drill your hole and loosely mount your rack, take a spirit level, and make sure the rack is level then mark the rest of the holes.
Mounting the bike rack to the wall or frame
Transfer the measurement to the wall and drill a hole where you have marked the wall (C).
Hang your rack and install the single bolt or screw loosely. Now your rack is hanging by one bolt.
Take a spirit level and place it on the side of the rack against the plastic body and make sure the rack is level.
Hold the rack firmly against the wall and make sure it doesn’t move, then mark the remaining hole at the top and two remaining holes at bottom with a marking pen or pencil.
Remove the rack and drill all the rest of the holes.
If installing in masonry insert supplied masonry wall plugs.
Now hold your rack over the holes insert all 4 hex bolts and firmly fix the rack to the wall.
Click your end caps into place over the mounting plates.
Need a hand? Watch this quick video for our End Cap installation tips.
Masonry Installation - Diagram D
- Use two horizontal mounting holes as shown in diagram D.
- Use a masonry drill bit.
- Use supplied masonry wall plugs - insert into drilled holes before screwing bolts into rack.
- Hex bolts and wall plugs supplied are 10mm. Use a 10mm drill bit or equivalent.
Timber Installation - Diagram E
- Use two vertical mounting holes as shown in diagram E.
- Use a drill bit smaller than the bolt size to drill a pilot hole for timber.
- NO WALL PLUG for timber installation.
- Hex bolts screw directly into timber - studwork or frames.
Other Installation Types
For all other methods of installation - E.g., Steel - Please consult your local hardware supplier for appropriate fixings and installation advice.
1. If you loosely install one bolt first and let it support the rack it’s easier to then insert the remaining three without having to keep the rack from moving around while you insert the rest.
2. Only 4 bolts are required to secure the rack. 2 top and 2 bottom. Use the vertical or horizontal holes depending on your installation type.
Installing the rear tyre rest
Take your bike and hang it in the rack.
Take the rear tyre rest and place it behind the rear tyre against the wall in line with the rear axle off your bike (G).
Place a mark on the wall through the top mounting hole. This will give you the mounting height for the rest.
Remove the rest and bike.
Take your spirit level and place it in the center of your rack against the wall. Ensure the rear tyre rest and rack are level.
Drill a hole on this mark - see notes below.
Fit your rear tyre rest loosely using that hole.
Check the rest is level and mark the second hole.
Remove the rest and drill the hole for the second bolt as above.
Install the rest.
Masonry Installation - Diagram H
- Use a masonry drill bit.
- Use supplied masonry wall plugs - insert into drilled holes before screwing bolts into rear tyre rest.
- Rear tyre rest - Screws and wall plugs supplied are 8mm. Use an 8mm drill bit or equivalent.
Timber Installation - Diagram I
- Use a drill bit smaller than the screw size to drill a pilot hole for timber if required. Some softer timber types will not require a pilot hole.
- NO WALL PLUG required for timber installation.
- Screws are screwed directly into timber - studwork or frames.
Other Installation Types
For all other methods of installation - e.g. Steel - please consult your local hardware supplier for appropriate fixings and installation advice.
Once you have placed the rest behind the tyre the weight of the bike will hold it against the wall temporarily while you mark your hole.